June 29 2011 12:42AM
As the Robyn Regehr transaction unfolded this past weekend, there was a considerable sense of disappointment when Chris Butler was announced as the NHL portion of the return. Butler, a 24 year old defenceman from St. Louis, was used for much of the year as a 4th/5th D by the Sabres, particularly in the early part of the season.
One somewhat surprising item that did pique my interest was the fact that his minutes really spiked after he returned from injury in February. That was a period where the Sabres were playing very well as they made the climb to 7th in the East, so it did get me wondering how he was used during this period and how productive he was.
June 28 2011 10:03AM
It's no secret I consider the return for Robyn Regehr underwhelming. Chris Butler and Paul Byron are players that strike me as the type of assets that are freely available at any given point in any given off-season. There was a whole collection of guys superior to Byron recently not qualified by their teams for instance.
June 27 2011 10:11PM
This afternoon was the deadline to qualify NHL RFAs, and a few names of note were advised by their teams that they would be set free. I'm going to look at three players in particular, with consideration given to their merits as players and whether it behooves the Flames to examine the possibility of signing them.
June 27 2011 03:59PM
(While I usually restrict my writing to objective analysis and editorials aimed at hockey ops, this post is a thorough and detailed recounting of my time at the NHL entry draft this past weekend. It's is therefore very long. Fair warning.)
My trek to the 2011 NHL entry draft began on Thursday afternoon. Mindful of the time consuming architecture of security measures erected in the wake of September 11, I got to the airport some two hours early so I could be poked, prodded, un-belted, de-shoed and properly papered in order to board the plane on time.
June 27 2011 03:32PM
Today was the deadline for tendering qualifying offers for RFA's. As reported by Vicki Hall on twitter, the Flames did not qualify a whole heap of their standing restricted free agents, including former first round pick Matt Pelech as well as Gord Baldwin, John Armstrong and Josh Meyers.